US sanctions Gambian vessels

Deficient anti-terrorist measures at Gambian ports have led to sanctions on US-bound vessels calling at the West African nation.
In a public notice on 22 June, the US Coast Guard (USCG) placed seven conditions on vessels arriving in the US that have visited any Gambian port within the vessel’s last
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20 Rescued from Ship in Danger of Sinking

By Kathryn Stone 2015-06-22 11:21:31

The Indian Navy rescued 20 crew members aboard a container ship in danger of sinking Monday morning.

The 9,107 dwt Jindal Kamakshi began to take on water in the late evening about 40 nautical miles off of Mumbai harbor. The ship became unstable and started to list 20 degrees to one side. At 11:10pm the Indian Navy received a distress call from the Jindal Kamakshi and deployed a rescue helicopter to the scene. The ship’s master indicated that an immediate evacuation was not needed at the time, and the helicopter returned to base.

The Indian Navy continued to monitor the situation through the early morning hours. By about 6:00am strong winds and heavy rain had exacerbated the situation, forcing the captain to call for an immediate evacuation of everyone on the vessel. Since weather conditions had become too dangerous to conduct a rescue by ship, the Seaking helicopter was redeployed to the area and tasked with the rescue operation.

All 19 crew members aboard the ship were successfully rescued at around 8:00am and brought to the Indian naval airstation, INS Shikra in Mumbai. The ship’s master was subsequently evacuated by a second helicopter operated by the Indian Coast Guard.

No one was injured in the rescue operation and the crew expressed gratitude to the Indian Navy and Coast Guard for conducting the prompt rescue.

Currently, the Jindal Kamakshi is anchored and abandoned. Local authorities were able to stabilize the ship and are continuing to monitor the situation.

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G6 launches direct Baltic call

The container carriers of the G6 alliance – APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, MOL, NYK, and OOCL – have become the second liner consortium to offer a direct service from the Far East to the Baltic Sea.
The group announced today that its Far East-Europe loop 7, operated with Ultra-large ships of more than
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EU Launches Naval Operation Against Human Smuggling

By MarEx 2015-06-22 09:48:52

Today, the European Council launched the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean called “EUNAVFOR Med”. Its mission is to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said:

“EU has never taken the issue of migration as seriously as we are doing now. With this operation, we are targeting the business model of those who benefit from the misery of migrants. But it’s only a part of a broader strategy including the cooperation with our partners in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region, and the work with the International Organization for Migration and the UNHCR. As EU, we are determined to contribute to save lives, dismantle the networks of the smugglers of human beings and address the root causes of migration.”

EUNAVFOR Med will be conducted in sequential phases, in full compliance with international law, including humanitarian and refugee law and human rights. The first phase focuses on surveillance and assessment of human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean.

It is planned that the second stage of the operation provides for the search and, if necessary, seizure of suspicious vessels. A third phase would allow the disposal of vessels and related assets, preferably before use, and to apprehend traffickers and smugglers.

The Council will assess when to move beyond this first step, taking into account a UN mandate and the consent of the coastal states concerned, and subsequent phases will be conducted accordingly.

The Operation Headquarter of EUNAVFOR Med is in Rome. Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino has been appointed Operation Commander and will be assisted at sea by Force Commander Rear Admiral Andrea Gueglio. The common costs of the operation are estimated at €11.8 million ($13.4 million) for a two months startup phase and the initial mandate of 12 months.

EUNAVFOR Med, established on 18 May 2015, is one element of the broader EU comprehensive approach to migration which aims to respond to the immediate need to save lives and address emergency situations, tackle the root causes of irregular migration and fight traffickers.

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